Medieval Manuscripts and Illuminated Letters

Taught by Madison Bennett

There are three key elements of Medieval manuscripts: golden-ratio-based page design, blackletter calligraphy, and illumination. Combined, these elements create a beautiful written piece that truly lights up the page. After a historical overview, you will learn how to plan a folio using Tschichold’s Golden Canon, hand-draw versals (capital letters) on parchment, gild versals with genuine gold leaf, and paint versals using traditional Medieval colors. By the end of the day, you will complete two to three versals.




Madison Bennett is a lettering artist from Cleveland, OH. She’s currently an MFA Candidate at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, where she studies calligraphy, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking.

Supply List

  • Calligraphy tools (optional)

  • Lunch and a beverage 

Materials with an asterisk (*) next to them are sold in our store.

DATE Sat, July 25th

TIME 10:00 am–4:00 pm

COST $135

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